Hi – Larry Gibson, born and raised in Alberta, originally from a small town called Jarvie just north of Westlock. I spent time living in Vegreville, Swan Hills, High Level, Rainbow Lake and, for the last 16 years, Grande Prairie. I have over 30 years experience working in the electrical utility business. I am involved in many boards in the community, giving back and making a difference is very rewarding. I am the father of two boys that make me proud everyday and have a special someone in my life who means the world to me. 1. It is Tuesday night, what are you having for dinner?Well hopefully my better half doesn’t read this or my doctor. Tonight’s dinner consists of a beef dip and side salad, no fries—trying to keep it healthy. I am definitely not having chicken wings and watching hockey, not in the least. 2. If you didn’t do what you do for a living, what would you be?I love innovation and finding improved sustainable ways to do things. If I had the chance, I would love to work with an innovations team, working on the next big thing. 3. Which person has influenced your life the most?My boys, they are two amazing young men who make me proud every day when I think of them and their accomplishments to date; my life wouldn’t be the same without them. 4. What is your favourite sport?I am passionate about golf, not very good at it but passionate. It’s a game you can play late into life and enjoy the moments with sometimes three generations of family battling it out for low score of the day. 5. Favourite movie of all time?It’s A Wonderful Life. An old movie that my better half and I watch every Christmas—it’s one of those feel good movies. 6. What’s your biggest pet peeve? Watching It’s A Wonderful Life at Christmas every year and not being allowed to watch National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. 7. What’s your most embarrassing moment?Oh, wow I have to pick one? It would probably be when I was chair of our social committee early in my career. The supervisor was moving to a new location and I found out two minutes before presentations that I had to present the gift and give a little speak on behalf of the group. Well, when I said we have a parting gift in appreciation for you leaving the crowd burst out laughing. Had to do some back pedalling but never fully recovered. 8. What’s your favourite TV show?Does the golf channel count? Or BNN? 9. If you could have one super power, what would it be?The ability to see into the future. 10. What’s the one thing you haven’t done that you would love to do?Golf a round at Pebble Beach with a couple of pros. 11. If we’re buying, you’re having…?I’m a country boy: Give me a steak, potatoes and some fresh veggies, I’m happy. 12. Last book you couldn’t put down?Robert Kiyosaki’s Why ‘A’ Students Work for ‘C’ Students. 13. If an actor could play you in a movie, who would it be?Good question, going to go with Ryan Reynolds on this one. 14. What is the best thing about Grande Prairie?Grande Prairie is the most generous, giving community I have ever encountered in my life. The people in this community know what it takes to work hard, have fun and build a community and the value of giving back. I give a big shout out to all the people making it happen in GP; you’re awesome. 15. What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?I grew up on a small farm in north central Alberta. 16. What do you find most rewarding about working as First Vice Chair of the Grande Prairie Chamber of Commerce?I would have to say the team, we have a diverse board from various backgrounds and business. Everyone is open and collaborative in addressing business at hand and they bring different perspectives to sometimes complex issues. From our discussions, we can set a course of action to advocate for our business members, either at a local, provincial or federal level. Being involved and working with such a great team, both on the board and staff of the chamber, is extremely rewarding. I would encourage anyone who is considering getting involved to find out more and seriously consider the opportunity. 17. What are some of your short and long-term goals with the organization?Short term: [We’ll] continue to advocate for the policy’s we already support through the provincial and federal chambers. Strategic planning was completed in January and, from that, policy and advocate items were identified, prioritized and now policy or advocate efforts begin. I look forward to the year ahead and supporting our business community to the best of my ability. 18. If you could go anywhere in the world on a holiday, where would you go and who, living or dead would you take with you?I have always wanted to go to Scotland, apparently that is where the family roots are, (waiting on ancestry results as we speak). I would love to take my father, try to trace down the family tree and visit some of the towns that our ancestors lived. 19. What do you do to relax?I like to run. It allows time to just be alone with your thoughts out in nature. 20. What are your words to live by?Live, love and laugh, life can change in the blink of an eye, enjoy the moments and make the most out of everyday.